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Federal (USV)


William S. Townsend

(1839 - 1864)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Bloomesburg, he enlisted at Hughesville as Private, Company G, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 4 March and mustered in at Harrisburg on 8 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, but probably remained with his Company.

The rest of the War

He was sick in the Regimental hospital in October 1863 and on recruiting duty at Germantown near Philadelphia in January and February 1864. He was wounded again, mortally, by gunshot to the right shoulder at the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. He was initially treated at the 2nd Division/2nd Army Corps field hospital, sent to Harewood US Army General Hospital (GH) in Washington, DC on 11 May, and admitted to the Mower US Army GH in Philadelphia on 15 May. He died of pyaemia (infection) there on 30 or 31 May 1864.

References & notes

Service information from Ward1 and Bates.2 Details from his Compiled Military Service Records transcribed online by William H. Gelnett, Jr. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Catherine Hileman (1840-1887) about 1860 and they had a daughter, Hanna Elizabeth (1861-1920).


12/22/1839 in ENGLAND


05/31/1864; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Highland Cemetery, Light Street, Columbia County, PA


1   Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pg. 349  [AotW citation 21601]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. V, pg. 847  [AotW citation 21602]